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Cancer survivor now works with nurse who helped to save her

A very special reunion. At the age of four, Clara Markiewicz was diagnosed with leukaemia. She was treated at Southampton Children's Hospital - and decided that she wanted to be a nurse when she grew up. Now aged 20, imagine her surprise when she was sent back to the unit for her first placement as a trainee - and met one of the nurses who had looked after her all those years ago! Sangeeta has the story.


Ruby Wax opens up about depression

Not everyone finds it easy talking about mental health - but someone who has been very vocal about it, in her own unique way, is Ruby Wax. The comedian and writer has suffered with depression for much of her life - and she talks about it and the stress of modern life in her new show in Tunbridge Wells. Its called 'Frazzled' - and is based on her book, 'A mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled'. Derek Johnson reports.

Support for armed forces highlighted during mental health awareness week

Soldiers have been speaking out about the changing attitude towards mental health in the Armed Forces, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Suicide rates in the armed forces are high, but there are increasing efforts to provide help.

There were 400 suicides between 1995 and 2014 - that's almost one death every fortnight.

There is advice and support available from various groups including the Mental Health Foundation.

Twenty young people in hospital over new drug Xanax

Young people in Wiltshire are risking their lives by taking a new highly addictive drug. Twenty teenagers have needed medical treatment and eight were admitted to hospital in the last week after taking Xanax. It is not available on the NHS. Police are chasing sources of the drug and have arrested a 15-year-old boy. Sally Simmonds sent this report from Salisbury.

The interviewee is Inspector Pete Sparrow from Wiltshire Police.

Mental Health: Postnatal depression - 'It helps to know you're not alone' & dads can suffer too

These mums hope to help others by sharing their experiences

Becoming a parent is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, but many mothers are struck with crippling feelings of depression and inadequacy after the births of their children.

It can strike anytime in the first year after a baby is born - and increasingly it is being recognised that fathers can suffer too.

For the third item in our series on mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week - we have been speaking to a group of mothers in Basingstoke. They have shared their stories about how postnatal depression affected them - and how knowing there are others who have the same feelings has helped them to come through it. Here's Sarah Saunders.

The mental heath charity, Mind, has advice on issues surrounding both perinatal maternal health issues and postnatal depression.

NHS Choices also has information about symptoms and treatment for people with postnatal depression.


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Midwives cause a baby boom at hospital

Imagine twenty five members of staff in one workplace taking maternity leave, in quick succession. Well, that's exactly what happened in Dartford but what makes it even more incredible is that they are all midwives and care assistants in the maternity department at Darent Valley Hospital. Tom Savvides takes up the story. His report includes photographs from Jez Hughes.

Southern Health to be prosecuted over teenager's death

Connor suffered an epileptic seizure Credit: ITV

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it will prosecute Southern Heath NHS Trust over the death of a teenager while under their care.

Connor Sparrowhawk who was 18 suffered an epileptic seizure in the bath at the learning disability unit, Slade House in Oxfordshire, in 2013. The HSE said it would prosecute under section 3 of the Health and Safety At Work Act.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has informed the Trust of its intention to prosecute in relation to the death of Connor Sparrowhawk in July 2013. Connor’s death whilst in our care could have been prevented and we would like to once again offer our unreserved apologies to his family.

Since 2013 significant improvements have been made and the organisation continues to do everything it can to improve the quality and safety of services.

The Trust is unable to comment further at this time.

– Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Footballers tackle mental health through sport

Football and mental health have made headlines in recent weeks with a growing number of players revealing they've had to seek help with the issue.

Last week, Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act over fears for his safety.

But the beautiful game can help those battling the problem. In Monday night's programme, Derek Johnson talked with the Swale Tigers, a football team made of players with mental health issues.

He spoke to manager Toni Golden, and co-founder, Matt Bromley.

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